While Thelema in Stellenbosch kept flourishing, its owner, Gyles Webb felt it was time for a new challenge. He embarked on a search for the right property and terroir for a second vineyard. In 2002, the Webb family purchased an idyllic apple farm in the cool coastal region of Elgin. Shortly after, the 100ha property was converted into vines, beginning with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay with more varietals being planted over time. And so, Sutherland Vineyards was born. All Sutherland wines are bottled and produced at the Thelema estate in Stellenbosch.
The grapes for this wine were de-stalked, then hand sorting of berries took place prior to them being crushed, pumped into stainless steel tanks, punched down for 5 days and then racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation. The wine spends 9 months in barrel 15 % of which is new French oak, with the balance being made up of 3rd and 4th fill barrels.
The wine shows pure strawberry fruit aromas and a lovely perfumed forest floor characters and hints of smoky spice. Bright berry fruit and spice on the palate, with a long, refined finish.
Pinot Noir is a great option for food pairings. It pairs well with lightly flavoured dishes like risotto, salmon and mild beef dishes.